Eclipse Hires New Head Of Manufacturing

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Eclipse Aviation said last week it has hired Paul Schumacher, formerly of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, as vice president of manufacturing. He'll oversee the company's acceleration into high-volume production of the Eclipse 500 VLJ (last reported as 50 before the end of this year). "Paul is a highly accomplished manufacturing professional, and his leadership will be invaluable," said Peg Billson, COO of Eclipse Aviation. "We are leveraging advanced manufacturing methods like moving assembly lines and robotics to dramatically increase production efficiency and redefine the general aviation landscape. Paul's extensive experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to pursue this overriding strategic objective." At Raytheon Aircraft Company, Schumacher led manufacturing for aircraft product lines including Baron, Bonanza, Hawker 400, Hawker 800, King Air and Premier. He implemented lean manufacturing initiatives at Raytheon that produced dramatic cost reductions. Previously, he spent 27 years at Lockheed Martin in a variety of manufacturing positions in the C-130J and F-22 aircraft programs. There are currently 17 Eclipse 500 aircraft in various stages of production.